Bills Aim To Change Face Of Juvenile Justice

The Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee on Wednesday introduced 10 bills aimed at cracking down on juvenile crime in Idaho. The proposed bills would:

Provide for increasing from $1,000 to $2,500 the amount of damages that can be recovered from parents for economic losses willfully caused by minors.

Allow the state to assess parents a fee for the cost of holding their children in juvenile detention centers;

Add arson in the first degree and aggravated arson to the list of crimes for which a juvenile must be tried as an adult;

Give courts discretion to move to adult court certain defendants under the age of 14;

Require that any juvenile convicted of a crime as an adult be tried as an adult for any subsequent law violations;

Increase the maximum detention days a court may order on misdemeanor and felony charges;

Allow felony prosecution for assault/battery of juvenile court personnel;

Raise the crime of intimidation of a witness in a juvenile hearing from a misdemeanor to a felony;

Allow the fingerprinting and photographing of a juvenile taken into detention for an offense and the sharing of that information with other law enforcement agencies;

Require that juveniles charged with possession of marijuana or paraphernalia be processed under the Youth Rehabilitation Act.

To become law, the bills must be approved by the committee, the full Senate, a House committee, the full House and the governor.


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